[CORRECTED: Ex-Groomer Arrest] Pervs, Molesters and Creepers--Oh, My! DA Seeks Victims of Accused Pastor as County Parks Sex Offender Ban Sought

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"Oh, Coker . . ."
UPDATE, MARCH 31, 4:27 P.M.: The original version of this post has been corrected. At one point, the previous version referred to David Montano, who was picked up in Coto de Caza earlier this month on a child-molestation arrest warrant out of Turlock, as a "horse trainer." Later in the same item, the 45-year-old was identified as a "horse groomer" at Coto Valley Equestrian Center. Both descriptions are false.

Montano formerly worked as a groomer for
Cinnabar Equestrian Operations, LLC, which manages Coto Valley Equestrian Center. His employment was terminated last year. He was never one of the center's professional horse trainers.

OC Weekly and your gentle servant regret the errors.


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UPDATE, MARCH 23, 11:39 A.M.: The Orange County district attorney's office (OCDA) is reaching out to the public to find potential victims of a former Orange County youth pastor accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old female parishioner in 1993. Joe David Nelms, 47, who is awaiting extradition in a Texas jail cell, allegedly molested the girl over a three-year period in his car, home and office at Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente.

March 23, 2011

OCDA SEEKS PUBLIC'S HELP IDENTIFYING POTENTIAL ADDITIONAL VICTIMS OF YOUTH PASTOR WHO SEXUALLY ASSAULTED 14-YEAR-OLD FEMALE PARISHIONER IN 1993

SANTA ANA - The Orange County District Attorney's Office is seeking the public's help identifying potential additional victims of a former Orange County youth pastor who sexually assaulted a 14-year-old female parishioner in 1993. Joe David Nelms, 47, Formerly of San Clemente, is charged with eight felony counts of lewd acts on a child under 14 and faces a maximum sentence of 22 years in state prison if convicted. Nelms was arrested March 18, 2011, in Lindale, Texas, on an Orange County warrant and is being held without bail. He will now face extradition proceedings in Texas. Upon his extradition to Orange County, the People will be requesting Nelms be held on $200,000 bail. His arraignment date is to be determined.

In 1993, Nelms met 13-year-old Jane Doe while working as a youth pastor at Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente. The defendant was 29 years old at the time. Over a three-year period, Nelms is accused of sexually assaulting the victim at the church and in a car by rubbing her vagina and breasts over and under her clothing.

In 2011, Jane Doe reported the sexual assault to law enforcement after being encouraged by a friend, in whom she had confided about the abuse by the defendant. Nelms was arrested at his home in Texas on March 18, 2011, and is in custody in the Smith County jail.

Nelms was a youth pastor at Pacific Coast Church in San Clemente from 1990 to 2000. At the time of his arrest, the defendant was a volunteer Bible study teacher at First Baptist Church in Lindale, Texas, and a counselor for high school-aged children at Sky Ranch, a Christian camp and ministry. His whereabouts after leaving San Clemente and prior to arriving in Texas are unknown at this time.

Based on evidence obtained in the investigation, it is believed that Nelms may possibly have additional victims. The Orange County Sheriff's Department investigated this case and the investigation is ongoing.

Anyone with additional information or who believes they have been a victim is encouraged to contact Supervising District Attorney Investigator Lou Gutierrez at (714) 347-8794.

Deputy District Attorney Jennifer Walker of the Sexual Assault Unit is prosecuting this case.

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UPDATE, MARCH 22, 3:22 P.M.: The Orange County Board of Supervisors this morning approved the first reading of an ordinance aimed at keeping sex offenders out of county parks and recreation areas.

The board asked District Attorney Tony Rackauckas, who proposed the new law along with Supervisor Shawn Nelson, to tweak the ordinance so sex offenders can apply for waivers if they, say, attend a wedding at a county facility.

It is scheduled to return for a final board vote next month. It would go into effect 30 days after final approval.

But a representative from the Oklahoma-based Sex Offenders Network told the board the proposed ordinance violates the U.S. Constitution and will be overturned if it is ever taken to court, reports Patch.com's Nisha Gutierrez-Jaime.


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eduardomata
eduardomata

FALSE TESTOMONIES ...AINT TRUEE ANYWAYS FUCK THE LAW

ieee
ieee

This ordinance/law is heinous and evil. Governments which create such laws are criminal regimes. Politicians which promote such laws are nothing but common criminals. People who zealously support such laws are terrorists. That is what it boils down to. It is not about their lies of “public safety” or “protecting children”. Only idiots believe that.

People who are listed on a Registry in the U.S. need to understand that they are morally superior to the terrorists who support the SEX OFFENDER Witch Hunt. At one time that was reversed, but it has not been that way for a very long time. People who are Registered should retaliate for the immoral laws every day by any means that is legal. That is the correct moral response to the immoral, tyrannical majority of “Americans” who support these laws.

People who are listed on a Registry should hunt down the terrorists and directly retaliate against them by any means that is legal. The retaliation should not be limited to the professional domain. The terrorists are attacking you, your spouses, and your children. They deserve the same and more.

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Wow, the DA is an idiot along with Supervisor Nelson. "Sexual Predator" is a very specific term with a specific meaning. Sexual Predators should most likely never be released from prison, and if released be monitored by GPS and parole agents for life. Now, the other 97% of the "registered sex offenders" are a different matter all together. They (other than murderers!) represent the lowest possibility of re-offense of all state inmates released once they've done their time.

To protect your children, Mr DA and Supervisor, I suggest you make it illegal for parents, siblings, and other relatives to be in contact with their children. They are the ones responsible for the vast majority of child abuse.

Research and Brains... Rarely do they interact, it seems...

eduardomata
eduardomata

CAN YOU JUST STFU WITH YOUR IGNORANT SHYT ..YOU LIVE IN A SOCIETY WITH REAL MOTHAFUCKERS .DEAL WITH ITT

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